Karen & Oliver – Premmie Parents of the Moment

Parents Names: Karen & Oliver

Their gestation born: 30 weeks + 5 days

How many premmie babies do you have? Two – Twin boys Marques & Andre

How long were they hospitalised for? 6 weeks

Is there any prematurity in your families history? Yes my sister in law had my niece at 32 weeks and my nephew at 30 weeks

How did you cope with the world of prematurity when your child/children were born? It was an absolute emotional roller coaster, although I had been exposed to the premmie world before through my brother and sister in law’s kids. It’s extremely different and difficult experiencing it yourself first hand. Some days I was so happy about the boys progress and other days I would be beside myself in tears that we were once again going home without them. We thankfully had alot of support around us, but it wasn’t an easy journey.

How did you feel when you first saw your child/children after they were born? I felt overjoyed and blessed to be holding them in my arms, after everything we had been through. It was an amazing feeling as these are my first kids. I couldn’t believe how small they were, not to mention the amount of strength these little people had to survive, it’s unreal.

Did you find it hard deciding to have another baby or have you decided no more? Despite our experience; we would definitely like to have more children later on when the boys grow up

Have there been any lasting complications due to your child/children’s prematurity? if so how have you dealt with it? The only health issue we really encounter is reflux, we have them on medication, give them reflux formula and they have regular checks with the paediatrician.

How do you feel now about prematurity and how do you help others be aware of how serious it is for babies? I can’t believe how much these little angels go through. It is absolutely amazing how these small babies have so much strength, determination and fight to live. I am part of premmie forums and websites, and love to share my story for others to read in a hope I can help people to learn more and also to raise more awareness about prematurity through my experience.

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